There are very few, if any, estate agencies that can claim to be in their third century of business.
Records go back to 1699 when William Helmore handled the sale of four properties near Exeter. This established a thriving business that has stood firm throughout the years, bearing witness to the ebb and flow of market trends, the rise of the corporation and the arrival of a new world. From the industrial to the digital revolution and beyond, we have kept our autonomy, as a local agent with an unwavering respect for the community in which we have grown.
A century and a half later, brings us to the door of this distinguished Victorian gent.
One of at least 8 William Helmore’s! He joined the firm in the mid 1800s, dealing with the sale of properties, farms & land from his premises in Newton St Cyres. His most prestigious sale was Cowley Place Estate near Exeter which sold for £6000 following the death of its owner Joseph Sheppard in 1866. This was a considerable sum in those days!
In 1876, Frederick John Helmore, probably the most legendary of them all, moved the business from Newton St Cyres to Crediton. He was an absolute character, known locally as the “pride of Kirton”, and famed for his practical jokes.
One of Frederick’s most memorable pranks was when returning from a day spent at Exeter Market in Frank Bourne’s Hansom cab. Upon arriving in Crediton, he hopped off the horse drawn carriage behind Frank, sprinted up Park Road, Along Dean Street and bolted straight into his office on Union Road. Frank, oblivious, arrived shortly after, only to find Frederick stood in his office doorway looking rather smug. “Surely ‘tisn’t you maister, you’m still in me cab!” – poor old Frank!
Following WW1, Frederick’s son Bert joined the business. He was another character whom many have fond memories of. He was a kindhearted chap, and quite often knocked down the odd washstand or trinket for a shilling, to those in need at one of his furniture auctions.
At his passing in 1965, Bert had no sons and so the keys to Helmores were handed to his long-standing business partner Alan Stoyle Snr. Alan ran the business with his two sons John and Alan Jnr until his retirement in 1976. John and Alan moved the firm forward to new heights, paving the way for a more modern era of business. Both are extremely respected around town for their honesty and true professionalism.
In 1990, Rob Stoyle, Alan’s son joined the firm, and became a partner in 2000. As well as becoming the very first estate agent in the UK to be professionally qualified as a drone pilot, Rob has embraced just about every 21st century technology available! He is now one of the most experienced estate agents in this area, having an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the local property market. Indeed, Rob grew up surrounded by his father, uncle, and grandfather who were all in the industry, so property is truly running through his veins and DNA!
So here we are, the present day. And, as always, Helmores continues to raise the bar with its state of the art marketing technology, genuine customer service and unrivalled expertise in all things property.